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UC Davis Ebola Case? Adult Patient With Virus' Symptoms Admitted

By    |   Thursday, 29 January 2015 08:25 PM

A patient with Ebola-like symptoms was admitted to UC Davis Medical Center in California on Thursday in "good" condition.

The person, who is not a child, was admitted on Thursday with symptoms similar to the virus that has killed nearly 9,000 people in the recent outbreak. The individual was transferred to UC Davis from Mercy General Hospital, and tests were supposed to determine by Thursday evening whether the Ebola tests were positive, The Los Angeles Times Reported.

A news conference scheduled Thursday to update the public about the patient was canceled. No reason was given for the cancellation; the press conference was supposed to start at 3:30 p.m. in Sacramento, the Times said.

“Whenever there is a person displaying symptoms that may be Ebola, who has recently traveled to Sierra Leone, Liberia or Guinea, certain precautions are taken including isolating the patient, ruling out other infectious diseases, and testing for Ebola if warranted,” Dr. Gil Chavez, state epidemiologist and deputy director for the California Department of Health’s Center for Infectious Diseases, told the Times.

UC Davis was one of 56 Ebola treatment centers designated in December by the Centers for Disease Control.

"Measures put in place to protect the health and safety of hospital workers and patients include extensive training on proper use of personal protective equipment and the establishment of a dedicated isolation room for treatment of suspected and confirmed Ebola patients," said a statement from UC Davis Medical Center.

The emergency room at Mercy General was closed while it was being cleaned, KCRA said.

Internationally, the World Health Organization reported this week that Ebola cases in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone — the three hardest-hit countries — have dropped to the lowest levels since June 2014.

The response is now entering the second phase, shifting the focus from “slowing transmission to ending the epidemic,” the WHO said.

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